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2019-2020 Executive Board Results

NCN-SFPE membership,

Please join me in congratulating the 2019-2020 newly elected executive board members. It has been my pleasure to serve as President the last two years. Thank You to everyone who has offered help and guidance along the way. The future of this chapter is bright, and we have an excellent group on the new executive board to help strengthen the NCN-SFPE Chapter.

As a reminder to anyone who is interested in involvement in the chapter, we are always looking for additional volunteers for help with various items. Also, it is a good reminder that next year we will again need a list of interested candidates to serve on the executive board. All positions are voluntary and a special thank you should be given to all those who help make our chapter successful. I know each of you gave up valuable time to keep everything running smooth.

After last week’s voting the results are as follows.

President- Ronnie Thomas

Past President- Stephen Zimmerman

1st Vice President- Flora Chen

2nd Vice President- Charlie Landreth

Treasurer- Patrick Kogoma

Secretary- Jess Tilles

Member at Large- Yong Lim

Member at Large- John Lo

Member at Large- Tom DeMasi

Member at Large- Marcus Berona


Stephen Zimmerman

NCN-SFPE Chapter President



SFPE Fellows represent a distinguished group of members who have attained significant stature and accomplishment in engineering. Fellows have been members of the Society for at least 10 years and have been nominated by their peers for outstanding contributions to the advancement of fire protection engineering and valuable service to SFPE.

The number of living Fellows at any time shall not exceed ten percent (10%) of the total Society's living membership.

The 2018 Qualifications Subcommittee recommended, and the Board of Directors approved, to elevate thirteen members to the prestigious member grade of Fellow. Out of a total SFPE membership of over 4,500 there are only 305 fellows. 

The three members elevated to the grade of Fellow are:

Thomas J. Forsythe, P.E., FSFPE 

Jeffrey A. Maddox, P.E., FSFPE  


John P. Woycheese, Ph.D., P.E., FSFPE 


A Case Study in Occupant Evacuation Elevators by Jeff Maddox, PE

Jeff Maddox, P.E., with The Fire Consultants, has written a great article in the latest Fire Protection Engineering magazine, which is SFPE's flagship publication for fire protection engineering. The article is available online for SFPE members at this link. Look for the digital formats, and then go to the current issue which is Q4 2017. His article starts on p. 32. 

Jeff's work on the first Occupant Evacuation Elevators on the west coast for the 57-story, 805ft tall 181 Freemont project has opened the doors, so to speak, for use of elevators for egress in high-rise office and residential buildings. He will be presenting this work at the February 16, 2018 meeting in Walnut Creek, CA.

Congratulations, Jeff!



The D. Peter Lund Award given to Geza Szakats, P.E.

Congratulations to Geza Szakats, P.E., of Holmes Fire, the 2017 recipient of the SFPE D. Peter Lund Award!

About the award:


The Board of Directors established the D. Peter Lund Award in 1997 to recognize significant contributions to the advancement of the professional recognition of the fire protection engineer. This award is named in honor of D. Peter Lund, CAE, the first executive director of the Society.

When D. Peter Lund,CAE was named the first executive director of SFPE in 1971, the membership stood at 1,950, the annual budget was $55,000, and there were 21 chapters. Publications included the newsletter "The Bulletin", the quarterly "Fire Technology" (published by NFPA and sponsored by SFPE) and a "Yearbook." The annual meeting and technical sessions were incorporated into the NFPA Annual Meeting and organized by the local chapter. The staff numbered two - executive director and a secretary. Headquarters were at 60 Batterymarch St., Boston.

Over the next 25 years, Lund grew the Society creating "Technology Reports", the "Journal of Fire Protection Engineering", the "Handbook of Fire Protection Engineering", short courses, symposia, cosponsored events with NIST, ASTM, AICHE, API, NRC-Canada, NFSA, AFSA, and Engineering-News Record. Lund continued on to create an independent annual meeting for the Society, FPE-PE registration in the USA, the Foundation, the Corporate 100 program, and strategic plans. Under his leadership the Society doubled in membership and chapter growth. He was elected president of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE) for the 1989-90 term.

Lund earned a BA from Tufts University in 1959, an MBA from Northeastern University in 1970, and the CAE designation in 1972. Prior to SFPE, he was an officer in the United States Navy, serving as chief engineer on a destroyer escort and later commanding several reserve minesweepers. He also spent seven years with a trade association that represented the distributing gas utilities in New England.